DETROIT -- Outfielder Daniel Robertson had a black left eye and three small fractures in his left orbital bone after his face collided with Alex Rios' knee on Thursday afternoon. Robertson will have to wear a special face shield and batting helmet when he plays. But he said he only expects to be sidelined for a couple of days and does not need to go on the disabled list.
"We'll analyze it day by day but I should be ready to go in a few days," Robertson said.
The fractures will likely take four to six weeks to heal but doctors have told Robertson he can play with it while wearing the proper protective gear.
"They're not big at all," Robertson said. "My cheek is very similar to the other cheek. I could play today, but the discomfort and swelling would make it tough."
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